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This Soil Bacteria Could Help Fight Climate Change

By Talia Isaacson / March 12, 2020

A new species of soil bacteria, discovered by Cornell University researchers, is particularly adept at breaking down organic matter, including the carcinogenic chemicals that are released from the burning of fossil fuels. This property means it could help clean up contaminated soils, as well as serve as a key player in the soil carbon cycle. …

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Portable Imaging Tool Will Transform Gravevine Pruning

By Talia Isaacson / March 10, 2020

Pruning vines is one of the most important tasks of a viticulturist. If done improperly, the vine can produce yields that are either too high or too low, both of which pose risks. When yields are too high, sugars are low in fruits, making them poor wine grapes; when too low, fruit sales don’t cover…

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Green Cherry Tomato ‘Jaded’ Offers Options in Color

By Talia Isaacson / March 4, 2020

Meet ‘Jaded’, the newest cherry tomato cultivar from Cornell Agritech! As part of a growing collection of diverse cherry tomato varieties, including the Galaxy Suite, Jaded offers growers a whole new color option: it ripens green, but maintains the sweetness of a ripe red.  “When people think of sweeter types of products, green doesn’t necessarily…

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News & Notes for New York Farmers from the New York Farm Bureau

By Talia Isaacson / April 6, 2018

Tax Credit Available to New York Farmers for Charitable Food Donations Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced New York farmers are eligible to receive a tax credit for qualifying food donations made to food banks and other emergency food programs beginning Jan. 1, 2018. The tax credit is expected to save farmers a total of…

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Practice the Grazing You Preach

By Talia Isaacson / April 6, 2018

University of Vermont Grazing Specialist puts grazing practices to the test at home.    Marc and Cheryl Cesario own and operate Meeting Place Pastures in Cornwall, Vermont, where they raise grass-fed beef and certified organic eggs. With 500-acres of certified organic pastureland, they harness solar energy that is converted into a wholesome and nutritious feed…

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Vermont’s Forest Products Industry: In Transition and Hopeful for the Future

By Talia Isaacson / April 6, 2018

Vermont prides itself as the Green Mountain State, with nearly 80-percent of its land mass covered in forest. Healthy and productive forests are inherent to Vermont’s culture and heritage. Yet, the industry responsible for bringing us countless valuable forest products: high quality furniture, specialty wood crafts, lumber and firewood, as well as services such as…

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What Happened to the New York ROPS Rebate Program?

By Talia Isaacson / April 6, 2018

by Matthew Alfultis Within agriculture, tractor rollovers account for the most fatalities (approximately 125 per year), as older tractor models lack proper protection. In 2006, the ROPS Rebate Program was launched in New York to help farmers install rollover protective structures (ROPS) on any tractor without one. ROPS, when used with seatbelts, are proven to be 99% effective in preventing serious injury or fatality in the event of a tractor overturn. Since the start of the Program, we have facilitated the installation of 1,600 roll bars across New…

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Stinging Nettles: Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

By Talia Isaacson / April 6, 2018

Every farm needs a patch of delicious, nutritious, pain-reliving and mood-enhancing nettles. One of my favorite plants is either highly versatile, or very confused. On the one hand, professional herbivores like rabbits and deer refuse to even touch it, but many people, myself included, will gladly eat it every day it is available. While contacting…

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Chainsaw Safety, Part III: Unsafe Practices

By Talia Isaacson / April 6, 2018

Chainsaw Safety, Part One Chainsaw Safety, Part Two This is the third installment in a series on chainsaw safety and operation, as part of our CCE Chenango grant project done in collaboration with the New York Farm Viability Institute, “Increased Farm Profitability and Diversity through Value-Added Forest Products Initiative”.  We have been encouraging farmers and woodland owners to develop…

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Farmers.gov Website Launched

By Talia Isaacson / April 6, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently unveiled Farmers.gov, the new interactive one-stop website for producers maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Farmers.gov is now live, but will have multiple features added over the coming months to allow agricultural producers to make appointments with USDA offices, file forms, and apply for USDA programs.…

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